Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan. It has an estimated population of about 420,00 making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Majority of the people here are Malays hence visitors can see many Islamic influences in the daily street life as well as the Muslim culture here. Kota Bharu mostly serves as a stepping stone for tourists who stop by here in order to get to the tropical island of Pulau Perhentian. However, there are actually a lot to discover in Kota Bharu such as the traditional markets, museums, mosques and the unique architecture of the old royal palaces as well as some formal royal buildings in the town center.

Attractions in Kota Bharu:
1. Royal Museum
2. War Museum
3. Al-Muhammadi Mosque
Istana Batu (Royal Museum) War Museum Al Muhammadi Mosque
4. Cultural Centre
5. Islamic Museum
6. Istana Balai Besar
Cultural Centre Islamic Museum/Syura Hall Istana Balai Besar
7. Masjid Kampung Laut
8. Handicraft Village & Museum
9. Siti Khadijah Market
Masjid Kampung Laut Handicraft Village and Craft Museum SITI KHADIJAH CENTRAL MARKET
10. Cottage Industries & Crafts
11. Moon Light Beach
wau making in kelantan Pantai Cahaya Bulan
Recommended Hotels in Kota Bharu, Kelantan:
1. Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel
One of the few 5 stars hotel in Kota Bharu, popular among business and leisure travelers.
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2. Hotel Perdana Kota Bharu
Located in the Kota Bharu city center, close to all city attractions and F&B outlets.
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3. Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort
For those who are looking for a peaceful Balinese beach getaway.
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4. Crystal Lodge
Value for money and good for short stopover stay.
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How to get there:

Kota Bharu is easily accessible by air, by car, by bus and by train.

By Air

There are a number of daily flights available from Kuala Lumpur directly to Kota Bharu. From the airport, visitors can hop on to the taxi to get to the town center in 20 minutes time.

By Bus/Car

If you choose to come by car or bus, you will expect an 8 and a half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Buses will stop at either the Central Bus Station or Langgar Bus Station in Kota Bharu upon arrival.

By Train

As for train, there is a daily train service that travels straight through the jungles in the center of Peninsular Malaysia. You will stop at Wakaf Bharu Station, then you can take a taxi to the town which is only 5 kilometers away.